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Overview

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a long tradition of producing singers of exceptional quality for concert and opera stages in Australia and worldwide. Your development as a singer and performer will be mentored and supported to reach your potential by teaching staff who are internationally experienced active performers, teachers and researchers.

At both an undergraduate and graduate level your focus will be on thorough technical and stylistic preparation for imaginative and engaged performance. Interpretative skills are supported by expert tuition in lyric diction as well as separate language classes.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 October for the next commencing session.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Please check the scholarships website for separate closing dates.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

International applicants may apply directly to the University's International Office by clicking apply on the right hand side of the screen, or through a University overseas representative (education agent).

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 October for the next commencing session.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Please check the scholarships website for separate closing dates.

 

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

The course provides excellent training in the four key areas of opera voice and performance, opera repertoire, opera diction/language and stage skills.

Each of these is drawn together in two staged, orchestrally-accompanied performances of operas per year, providing students with experience at a professional level which helps to equip them to enter the profession.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page. International applicants can apply through a University overseas representative (education agent) if they wish.
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Entry is by audition, which is held at the Conservatorium. If you are unable to attend in person, you may upload a video audition in the audition application.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Completion requirement

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Production) a candidate must complete 48 credit points of prescribed core units of study.

Assumed knowledge

Applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interview, and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted.

Admission requirement

Admission to the Graduate Diploma requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree of higher award from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification, in an appropriate discipline as determined by the School; or

(b)  a graduate certificate from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification, in an appropriate discipline as determined by the School; or

(c) completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate in an appropriate discipline, as determined by the School, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or

(d) in exceptional circumstances the Head of School and Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Head of School and Dean to be equivalent, and

(e) successful completion of an audition and an interview.

Career pathways & prospects

Career Pathways

The Opera Studies program will help you to develop the personal attributes needed for a career in performance, teaching or other fields such as:

  • Opera singer
  • Concert and Oratorio singer
  • Professional Ensemble singer
  • Professional Opera Chorus singer
  • Singing teacher (primary, secondary, tertiary and/or private)
  • Music research/academia
  • Broadcaster
  • Music writer/blogger/critic
  • Artist agent
  • Arts administrator

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